Pioneer Church

Pioneer Church

by Carolyn B. Otto, Megan Lloyd, Megan Lloyd
     
 

The promise of religious freedom compelled many European men and women to undertake the arduous journey to the New World. The church was a crucial part of the first communities established, serving as meeting place, school, and even as makeshift hospital. Most important, the church was a place where people were free to worship as they pleased.

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The promise of religious freedom compelled many European men and women to undertake the arduous journey to the New World. The church was a crucial part of the first communities established, serving as meeting place, school, and even as makeshift hospital. Most important, the church was a place where people were free to worship as they pleased.

Based on the history of a real church in Brickerville, Pennsylvania, Pioneer Church is the story of one of the first American churches and the community that built it in the 1700's. Accessible text and striking art give young readers a glimpse of Americana in a time when freedom of religion was not taken for granted.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Gr 3-6-A stunningly illustrated picture book. In an author's note, Otto explains her fictionalization of the building of the Old Zion Church in Brickerville, PA, as a way to balance the story since, "History may not reveal the whole, and records leave things out." She includes the roles of women and children in relating how 18th-century German settlers constructed a log cabin, how it burned, and how it was replaced several times in differing locations, concluding with a modern facility in the 1940s. In 1960, the 1813 structure on the original site was declared a historical landmark. The story is written as a flashback, and has a factual tone. Therefore, without consulting the foreword, readers could be convinced of its complete authenticity. Lloyd's rich oil, watercolor, and pen-and-ink illustrations have the formal and static look of early American artwork. In addition to the lovely landscapes, smaller, livelier vignettes surround the text. This interesting, readable book about the evolution of a community stands on its own as a story and lends itself to many uses in classrooms.-Christina Dorr, Hilliard City Schools, OH Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
This fictional history of a church records not just the architectural changes it underwent over the years, but the links and connections with both the congregation that built the church and the culture that spawned it. A close collaboration between Otto and Lloyd (the team behind What Color Is Camouflage?, 1996) has resulted in a story told equally through pictures and text; it depicts how central a church was to the growth of community in early pioneer days. The first church was a log cabin constructed of trees felled from the hill where it was built. Meetings, weddings, births, and deaths were marked under that roof; when the church burns down, a sturdier structure replaces it. The landscape and the culture change around the church; eventually men and women share the pews, and the sermon is in English, instead of German. With the coming of electricity, the church is closed down, and only swallows inhabit its rafters. Several decades later, it is renovated and re-opened by loving restorationists who appreciate its history. In a style remniscent of American primitives, Lloyd records important storytelling details such as the pots and baskets used to carry meals to those building the church. By capturing such particulars, from the archaic sound of people's names to the creeping suburban sprawl, Otto and Lloyd create a record of the larger picture of transformation in the landscape. (Picture book. 6-10)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805025545
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
10/15/1999
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.16(w) x 11.36(h) x 0.38(d)
Lexile:
AD760L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Meet the Author

Carolyn Otto drew on her great-great grandfather's stories of building churches to write Pioneer Church. The author of several books for children, she lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Megan Lloyd became interested in old churches after helping to restore Old Zion Church in Brickerville, Pennsylvania. She has illustrated a number of books for young readers, including Cactus Hotel and Spoonbill Swamp by Brenda Guiberson. She makes her home in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

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